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You know you’re in deep trouble when something as banal as “Baby Be My Love Song” is the best cut on the record.You can fairly well predict the rest just by glancing at the ... Read More
If you’re looking for music that makes you happy, pick up a copy of Shinyribs’ new album, Okra Candy. After hearing it, you’ll be whistling “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” out of ... Read More
With this long-awaited follow-up to her stunning debut, Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey shows the vital signs of becoming not just a great artist but also a necessary one. In other words, yes, ... Read More
If all you know about Canaan Smith is that he was on the 15th season of The Amazing Race, his debut album, Bronco, should help give you an idea of where the 32-year-old comes from and what ... Read More
In spite of its terrible title, Billy’s latest single (from the album Summer Forever) works on a couple of levels. At its most basic, the rock-tinged tune showcases Billy’s ... Read More
Country newcomer Cam scorches on her new single, “Burning House,” a ballad fraught with raw emotion about trying to hold on to the pieces of a broken relationship. With the simple ... Read More
There’s a really good reason that The Oak Ridge Boys are still a relevant act in country music. The quartet, in their current configuration—Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), ... Read More
What’s a guy like Jake Owen to do? He wants to show another side of himself than beach dude, but radio doesn’t want his serious ballads like “What We Ain’t Got.” So ... Read More
From Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Dylan, the music of Muscle Shoals, Ala., has a rich, swampy, soulful history. And while you might not initially think of bluegrass ... Read More
As inspiring as Gloriana’s story of survival is, it doesn’t really say much in their favor that the trio is largely betting on trends started by their fellow artists for their ... Read More
This single, like most of the efforts from the duo, showcases what they do best, taking a throwback style and managing to make it just as contemporary-sounding as anything currently on radio. Read More
Bring in ’da noise, bring in ’da funk. Thomas Rhett’s new single, “Crash and Burn,” from his upcoming album is an R&B-infused hip-shaker and, most likely, ... Read More
One might expect 58-year-old Dwight Yoakam to be softening his approach with age, but if anything, he’s getting tougher. Aesthetically, Dwight’s new album, Second Hand Heart, is one of ... Read More
Happy. No, not the megahit from recognizably hatted Pharrell Williams. It’s the unspoken theme of Darius Rucker’s newest album, Southern Style.Like the debut single, ... Read More
Kristian steps out of the Sugarland shadow and crafts a highly personal, groove-oriented effort that one could rightly call the “feel-good” album of the year.Which might lead ... Read More
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen have been chewing up the same Texas caliche since the early 2000s, so it seems only natural the BFFs trade licks on their new duet album, Hold My Beer, Vol. 1, which ... Read More
Luke bids farewell to the spring break sessions with an 11-pack of five new songs and the six from last year’s party opus.The five originals revolve around—you guessed ... Read More
Over the past 15 years, Atlanta-based quintet Blackberry Smoke has been slow-smoking their way to perfection, playing more than 250 shows a year. Along they way, they’ve released three ... Read More
The ’90s were arguably one of the most fun decades in country music. The melding of traditional and contemporary reached a zenith of goodness with artists like Aaron Tippin at the forefront. ... Read More
There have been plenty of songs about drowning one’s sorrows, drowning one’s memory or even “drinking my baby goodbye.” But Cole Swindell is sipping a slightly different ... Read More

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